A Northeastern High School graduate received the National Future Farmers of America Organization’s highest honor on Nov. 4 during the FFA National Convention. 

Emma Rose Wright is the first Northeastern student to earn the American FFA Degree in several years. She is now a student at Wilmington College in Ohio. She hopes to study veterinary science after graduating.

Emma Wright

Each year, the National FFA Organization honors FFA members who show dedication to the organization through their desire to develop their potential for leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The American FFA Degree is bestowed upon a select group of students in recognition of their years of academic and professional excellence. This year over 4,400 American Degrees were awarded.

Less than 1% of FFA members achieve the American FFA Degree. To be eligible, FFA members must have earned at least $10,000 or earned at least $2,000 and worked at least 2,250 hours outside of class time through a supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program in which they own their own business, hold a professional position as an employee, or conduct research. Recipients must complete 50 hours of community service and demonstrate leadership abilities and civic involvement by completing FFA and community activities. 

Each recipient of the American FFA Degree receives a gold American FFA Degree key and certificate after being recognized at the national convention.

The National FFA Organization is a school-based national youth leadership development organization of more than 945,000 student members in 9,163 local FFA chapters.

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A version of this article appeared in the December 6 2023 print edition of the Western Wayne News.

Bob Hansen is a reporter for the Western Wayne News.